Calls for Full Step-Free Access at Brent Cross West

I was not planning on making a post about this, but after hearing it mentioned three separate times I thought it was necessary to address it. Earlier this week it was reported that plans for a new station in North London were being strongly criticised for having insufficient step-free access. Although the station will have lifts and step-free access to all platforms, like virtually all new stations on existing lines, it will not have step-free access to the train. The most interesting part in all of this is that it is being openly debated at all. Over the past few years, new stations such as Cambridge North, Lea Bridge, and Maghull North have all opened without level boarding without much fanfare. Could we be seeing a shift in the debate?  Continue reading Calls for Full Step-Free Access at Brent Cross West

May Timetable Change: Thameslink Programme

Mark your calendars for 20th May!

In the UK’s railway industry, rail services that make up National Rail (including TfL-run Overground and TfL Rail) undergo two timetable changes every year, once in December and once in May. During these times, train operating companies, such as South Western Railway and Greater Anglia, may adjust their services depending on changes in passenger levels or new infrastructure. Often, these changes are very minor and go unnoticed by the regular commuter.

However, starting this May until at least the end of 2019, each of these timetable changes is set to come with far-reaching changes that will have a strong impact on rail transport in London, including access. A lot of these changes are centred around the phased openings and expansions of the Thameslink Programme and the Elizabeth Line, although there are also important improvements on Overground, South Western Railway, Southern, Great Northern, and Greater Anglia services. This first post will deal with the Thameslink Programme, as it has not yet been properly introduced, while a second one will cover the main changes in other services.  Continue reading May Timetable Change: Thameslink Programme